Drug courier wins parole plea to reduce nine-year jail term

A GERMAN tourist can apply for parole two months earlier after a successful appeal to reduce his nine-year jail term for a crime spree.

Carlo Konstantin Kohl, 24, lived an "itinerant and absolutely lawless life" without a visa as he ran drugs between Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Rainbow Beach and the Sunshine Coast for more than two years without detection.

He would make ecstasy and marijuana drop-offs for a River Heads man for a 20% commission and a little pot on the side between 2007 and 2009.

Kohl was running up to 1000 ecstasy tablets a week worth about $25,000.

The drug courier also stole passports and number plates at Toowoomba and Ipswich to change his identity and disguise his car.

He broke into homes up and down the Coast but much of the stolen property was found at his camping site at John's Landing at Noosa Heads.

Police learnt of the drug trafficking when Kohl tried to explain why he was breaking into homes.

He told them he had ditched 1000 pills when police were about to raid a Rainbow Beach backpacker hostel he was about to drop them to and his boss was making him pay back a $25,000 debt as a result.

Kohl had already been in custody for 883 days when he was sentenced in Brisbane Supreme Court in September to nine years for the trafficking and property offences.

Justice Jean Dalton found Kohl was more than a drug mule, that he was "intimately" involved with the drug business for a profit.

But the Court of Appeal Justice Margaret White, supported by two other justices, found the sentencing justice did not give Kohl "special leniency" for admitting the drug trafficking, which police would not have known otherwise.

They reduced the sentence by 1.5 years, enabling Kohl to apply for parole immediately.

"Her honour, no doubt rightly appalled by the life of crime in which (Kohl) had been engaged since a juvenile, regarded the offending as falling into a category worse than that of a courier," she said.

The Court of Appeal also noted Kohl was in solitary confinement after two assaults in custody.


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